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“Delicious cakes and tarts” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dobinsons

Dobinsons
Bunda Street, Canberra 2601, Australia
+61262575966
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Ranked #64 of 809 Restaurants in Canberra
Price range: $5 - $9
Cuisines: Bakery, Café
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Takeout
Canberra, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Delicious cakes and tarts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

I used to work opposite Dobinsons, and bought one of their cakes/tarts at least weekly. They do a mean strawberry tart and their hot chocolate is good too.

Their savoury options aren't as impressive as their sweets, but it's definitely worth a visit for afternoon tea.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Wollongong, Australia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Predictable, reliable but not brilliant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Dobinsons is a very popular cafe in Canberra because it is reasonably priced in a city where cafes and restaurants are overpriced. If you want an average cheap meal, you can't go past Dobinsons. The menu never changes, the coffee is always poor. But you know these things before you get there. The pies are really bad. They are mass produced and represent a stew like experience. The meat looks like dog food heated up. Avoid all of their meat pies. I highly recommend the fetta and spinach puff pastry triangle. I no longer eat their pastries as they are also mass produced and are too much pastry and dairy overloaded for their own good. Let's be honest, Dobinsons is not an ideal eating spot for those looking for low calorie meals. The cafe generally looks dirty, they could do more with making the outdoor part more appealing. Good news is that they have bought the empty shop next door so that there will be more indoor eating spots for people. Particulary important for the winter months because their outdoor seating gets almost no sunshine. If you are visiting Canberra and want a cheap meal then you can't go past Dobinsons. The food is reliable but nothing out of this world. It doesn't try to be anything more than what it is. Canberrans flock there because it is one of the only reasonably priced places in the territory.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Canberra
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24 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Tasty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

THE BEST sausage rolls. Golden, flaky pastry. Delicious meaty flavour-filled filling. Extra-cheap! I haven't had a dessert yet, though they all look extremely tempting. A lot of friends agree that Dobinsons do the best sausage roll in Canberra!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

In Canberra for the weekend to see relatives. Breakfast was so good on Saturday we went back on Sunday. There was a long wait on Saturday because they were so busy but quicker on Sunday. Had coffees with scrambled eggs on toast and a big breakfast - both days. Well priced and very generous servings.
Also bought a large chocolate tart to take to a BBQ. Very reasonably priced.

Visited January 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Wonderful Sweet Treats”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

We ran to this place to recover over afternoon tea after a busy day of sightseeing. It was exactly what we needed.
Staff were helpful and friendly. The iced coffee was large and well-made. Their tea is loose leaf, always a bonus in my mind.
Most importantly, the cakes were delicious. My dining partner's friand was just the light sweet fix she was craving. My caramel tart with banana was AMAZING. The crust is lined with chocolate, filled with caramel, topped with a layer of banana, covered with whipped cream and finally drizzled with passionfruit, which cuts through all those rich favours.
Highly recommended for their sweets, though didn't get to try their savouries.
Parking here can be problematic though, as most of it is paid, so do bear that in mind.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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